Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) is all set to branch out into two entities this November. Additionally it is heralding new achievements in the diversity space.
As per non-profit Rainbow PUSH, HP boasts of one of the most diverse company boards in America. The HP boards declared recently will have a mix of new recruits as well as original members. Two folks of color and four women will be put on each board.
Rainbow PUSH is an entity committed to social changes and has been pushing technology organizations across the US to recruit underrepresented minorities. It has intensified its efforts in 2014, engaging with tech majors across America including Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to talk about their diversity figures.
A survey done by the organization last fall discovered only a lone Hispanic and three blacks in the 189 board staff from 20 technology organizations covered.
Reverend Jesse Jackson who is representing Rainbow stated there were only 36 women as compared to 153 men. Also, more than half (11) have all-white Boards.
Last March, the group discussed diversity numbers with HP at the latter’s shareholder meeting. Rev. Jackson said that the group urged HP as well as the tech industry to face the major issue of the sidelining of people of color as well as women in the tech industry. As such, HP resolved to make measurable steps in boosting inclusion and diversity.
At HP Enterprise two people of color namely Pamela Cater, former president Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) Distribution and Leslie A. Brun of Sarr Group will be coming on the board. Stacey Mobley, Former senior vice president at E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co (NYSE:DD) and Stacy Brown-Philpot chief operating officer at TaskRabbit will be joining HP Inc’s board. HP CEO Meg Whitman will be a member of both boards and be chairwoman for HP Inc.
Whitman opined that the post-separation Boards for both HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise consist of leaders having some of the most highly diverse professional records as well as backgrounds she has encountered in her career.
Sources: piworld, businessinsider